Startling revelations that "A Gay Girl in Damascus," a Syrian lesbian blogger named Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, and "Lez Get Real," founded by a deaf lesbian mother Paula Brooks (who helped put Amina on the blogosphere map), turned out to both be straight white American men -- seemingly unrelated or aware of each other's duplicity -- has some angry acitivits, gay and straight alike, calling for greater regulation of this kind of hoax.
In my conversation with Tanya Domi on The New Civil Rights Movement, we both conclude that speech regulation is not the answer - that discernment is our responsibility, not those creating content authentic enough to fool us.
Over the last few days I have been excoriated and raked over the coals for "supporting" a "mosque on Ground Zero". Some have accused me of defending Islam, of being a terrorist sympathizer or are amazed that I would defend "people that hate me on every level." This is the level of irrational discourse that is being fueled by a debate that is not even worthy of the energy. But the truth is that it represents something bigger.
One of the amazing things about Judge Walker's Prop 8 decision – striking it down as unconstitutional -- was the extent to which he demonstrated how opponents of same sex marriage had widely discredited themselves by presenting themselves as "experts" when they weren't (among other things they said in their testimony).
My friends did not like what I had to say about Obama's speech last night in an opinion piece for AOL News. I have a suspicion many here won't either, but it's worth saying. I keep wanting to support Obama, but ultimately my concern for the environment trumps any political loyalty, even though many consider that short-sighted.
Having been roundly criticized on every front for not being tough enough, sentimental enough, angry enough, positive enough and schizophrenic enough, his speech writers decided to lay into the oil spill with fighting words to describe the "battle we are waging against an oil spill" that is "assaulting our shores and our citizens."
The president made it unequivocally clear that BP was going to pay. Given the war analogies, Americans were surely swept with relief, reminded of how the oil revenues in Iraq would pay for the invasion once the "weapons of mass destruction" were confiscated, the troops gratefully greeted with showers of fresh-smelling IEDs and the Iraqis "liberated" with depleted uranium and weekend spas at Club Abu Ghraib.
IMAGE LIKELY TO BE REMOVED BY PHOTBUCKET. AGAIN. SO I WILL SAVE THEM THE TROUBLE. SORRY.
Everyone knows about Facebook's latest privacy violations at this point, which this time, has more than your average privacy zealots up in arms. Matt McKeon's visualization The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook drives the point home more effectively than a million pontificating editorials.
The difference between a spill and a gush is a whisper and a scream.
Out of the fumes that choke us,
Black as the Soot from oil to drill,
We curse whatever gods may be
For environmentalists shrill.
Despite Gates' desire to provide "a greater measure of common sense and common decency" to what he termed "difficult and complex issues for all involved," the fundamentals of the policy remain in place and the new enforcement measures mostly only relate to the unintentional outing of a service member.
They fought until the bitter end. Opponents of health reform spent the first year of the Obama administration fighting tooth and nail to derail him and kill it, demonizing everyone and everything in their path.
It inspired the birth of the Tea Party activists, a group of angry and confused citizens who had bought hook, line and sinker into the fear tactics purchased for millions by insurance companies, and sold by faux grass roots organizations they funded.
Who is Dr. Sally Blower? Why is Head of the Disease Modeling Group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA making claims in writing that are confusing, contradictory and so easily refutable? Why is she, along with her researchers, churning out alarming press releases that inspire confusion and panic among populations already stigmatized? Why are her findings based on these studies being published in supposedly respectable journals and magazines?
Dear Senator McCain
Your decision to chastise the military leaders in the Senate hearing regarding the repeal of the military’s failed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy served to remind me how grateful I am you were not elected President of the United States of America. Unfortunately, even if your age wasn’t a factor, you do not have the integrity to be a Commander in Chief. You, Sir, are a liar.
Remember that looting of the Iraq National Museum back in 2003?
American servicemembers were so busy helping Iraqis chop down and destroy statues of Saddam Hussein, they ignored the looting of people’s private possessions and Iraq’s greatest riches, as treasures from the Iraq National Museum housing ancient priceless Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian collections and rare collections of Islamic texts were carted off in wheelbarrows.